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Our Principal

Mr. Jason C. Tveit


Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year!


I am proud to be the Principal of the Sunkist Elementary School, home of the college-bound tigers. Now entering my 25th year serving the Bassett community, I started as a high school band and choir director and then transitioned to administration to serve on a larger scale. For the past five years, I have had the privilege lead this amazing team of teachers and staff here at Sunkist.


In 2015 Sunkist officially became a "No Excuses University" (NEU) school. Today we continue to build on the six exceptional systems of NEU. We do this work because we believe that every student deserves to be educated in a way that prepares them for college. We also believe in educating the whole child, so we focus on Social Emotional Learning and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) in order to nurture “kids of character”. In every classroom, we provide all our students with daily rigorous instruction that promotes the development of the 21st century skills of: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.


As our society continues to overcome the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at Sunkist recognize many students have great needs both in academics and social-emotional learning. That is why we have deepened our commitment to working with every student with interventions built into the school day to ensure all students meet their goals. We will continue to focus on three areas of critical importance for our students and the Bassett community: provide a safe and welcoming learning environment, work with parents and students to increase daily attendance, and provide engaging and rigorous learning that will set up students for success in middle school, doing our part to prepare college and career ready students.


Please know that my door is open to you. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please stop by, call, or email me. I also invite you to visit our website and to follow us on Parent Square, Class Dojo, Instagram, and Facebook for information, announcements, and updates.


On behalf of the whole “Tiger Team” here at Sunkist, I would like to wish all of you a wonderful school year and always remember that, "after Bassett High School, comes college".




Mr. Jason C. Tveit